Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saint October 1 : St. Therese of Lisieux : Patron of #AIDS, Illness, and #Missionaries

Feast: October 1
Feast Day:
October 1
January 2, 1873, Alençon, France
September 30, 1897, Lisieux, France
May 17, 1925 by Pope Pius XI
Major Shrine:
Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse, Lisieux, France
Patron of:
AIDS sufferers; aviators; bodily ills; florists; France; illness; loss of parents; missionaries; tuberculosis

At the age of 14, on Christmas Eve in 1886, Therese had a conversion that transformed her life. From then on, her powerful energy and sensitive spirit were turned toward love, instead of keeping herself happy. At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. She took the religious name Sister Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. After a long struggle with tuberculosis, she died on September 30, 1897, at the age of 24. Her last words were the story of her life: "My God, I love You!"

The world came to know Therese through her autobiography, "Story of a Soul". She described her life as a "little way of spiritual childhood." She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God's love. "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love." Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamored with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese's spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love.

She loved flowers and saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus," who gave glory to God by just being her beautiful little self among all the other flowers in God's garden. Because of this beautiful analogy, the title "little flower" remained with St. Therese.

Her inspiration and powerful presence from heaven touched many people very quickly. She was canonized by Pope Pius XI on May 17, 1925. Had she lived, she would have been only 52 years old when she was declared a Saint.
"My mission - to make God loved - will begin after my death," she said. "I will spend my heaven doing good on earth. I will let fall a shower of roses." Roses have been described and experienced as Saint Therese's signature. Countless millions have been touched by her intercession and imitate her "little way." She has been acclaimed "the greatest saint of modern times." In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared St. Therese a Doctor of the Church - the only Doctor of his pontificate - in tribute to the powerful way her spirituality has influenced people all over the world.
The message of St. Therese is beautiful, inspiring, and simple. Please visit the areas in this section of the Web site to learn more about this wonderful Saint.

Pope Francis at Angelus "And the Church...grows by the witness given to others by the power of the Holy Spirit." FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, September 30th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

This Sunday's Gospel (cf. Mk 9: 38-43.45.47-48) presents us with one of those very instructive details of the life of Jesus with his disciples. They had seen that a man, who was not part of the group of followers of Jesus, cast out demons in the name of Jesus, and therefore they wanted to forbid him. Giovanni, with the zealous enthusiasm typical of the young, refers the thing to the Master seeking his support; but Jesus, on the contrary, replies: "Do not forbid him, because there is no one to do a miracle in my name and immediately speak ill of me: whoever is not against us is for us" (verses 39-40) ).

John and the other disciples manifest an attitude of closure before an event that does not fit into their schemes, in this case the action, though good, of an "external" person to the circle of followers. Instead Jesus appears very free, fully open to the freedom of the Spirit of God, who in his action is not limited by any boundary and by any enclosure. Jesus wants to educate his disciples, even today, to this interior freedom.

It is good for us to reflect on this episode, and to do some self-examination. The attitude of the disciples of Jesus is very human, very common, and we can find it in the Christian communities of all time, probably also in ourselves. In good faith, indeed, with zeal, one would like to protect the authenticity of a certain experience, protecting the founder or the leader from false imitators. But at the same time there is the fear of "competition" - and this is bad: the fear of competition - that someone can steal new followers, and then you can not appreciate the good that others do: not good because "it's not ours", they say. It is a form of self-referentiality. Indeed, here is the root of proselytism. And the Church - Pope Benedict said - does not grow by proselytism, grows by attraction, that is, grows by the witness given to others by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The great freedom of God in giving ourselves to us is a challenge and an exhortation to change our attitudes and our relationships. It is the invitation that Jesus addresses to us today. He calls us not to think according to the categories of "friend / enemy", "we / them", "who is inside / who is outside", "mine / yours", but to go further, to open the heart to recognize his presence and the action of God even in unusual and unpredictable areas and in people who are not part of our circle. It is a matter of being more attentive to the genuineness of the good, the beautiful and the true that is accomplished, than to the name and provenance of those who do it. And - as the rest of the Gospel of today suggests - instead of judging others, we must examine ourselves, and "cut" without compromise everything that can scandalize the weaker people in the faith.

The Virgin Mary, model of docile reception of the surprises of God, helps us to recognize the signs of the presence of the Lord in our midst, discovering Him wherever He manifests Himself, even in the most unthinkable and unusual situations. Teach us to love our community without jealousy and closures, always open to the vast horizon of the action of the Holy Spirit.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I express my closeness to the populations of the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, hit by a strong tsunami. I pray for the dead - unfortunately many - for the injured and for those who have lost their homes and jobs. May the Lord console them and support the efforts of those who are trying to bring relief. Let us pray together for our brothers on the island of Sulawesi: Ave, Maria ...

Today, in Marseilles, Blessed Jean-Baptiste Fouque, a diocesan priest, was proclaimed and remained vice-parish priest for a lifetime. Nice example for climbers! Lived between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, promoted numerous welfare and social works in favor of young people, the elderly, the poor and the sick. The example and intercession of this apostle of charity support us in the commitment to welcome and share with the weakest and most disadvantaged people. A round of applause to the new blessed Jean-Baptiste!

I greet with affection all of you, Romans and pilgrims from different countries. In particular, I greet the faithful of Calpe (Spain), the group of mayors and administrators of the Salzburg region, the international delegation of deaf people on the occasion of the World Day of the Deaf.

I greet the members of the Community of Sant'Egidio della Campania, the youths of the Shalom Movement of Fucecchio, the faithful of Foggia and those of Rapallo.
I wish everyone a good Sunday. And please, do not forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
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#BreakingNews Catholic Nuns Expelled and Christian Churches shut down in Myanmar - Please Pray

Pro-China rebels shut down Baptist churches, arrest Baptist pastors and expel Catholic nuns
The United Wa State Army (UWSA) detained 92 pastors, closed all Protestant churches, and forcibly drafted 41 youth, both male and female. Salesian nuns who provided for education and health care in Mong Mau were expelled. For Bishops’ Conference spokesman, “The authorities’ behaviour is wrong.”
 Yangon (AsiaNews) – The campaign to suppress Christianity in areas controlled by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Shan State continues with crosses removed, three Baptist churches destroyed, 52 closed, 92 pastors arrested and 41 students forcibly enrolled. Myanmar's largest ethnic army also shut down a Catholic mission run by Salesian missionary nuns and ordered the latter’s expulsion. Rev Lazaru, a spokesman for the ethnic Lahu Baptist community, released a statement yesterday (picture 2) in which he denounces the rebel acts of violence near the city of Mongpauk. In it, he notes that dozens of clergymen were taken into custody, Baptist schools shut down and dozens of students, both male and male, forcibly recruited into the rebel force. To add insult to injury, the people who were detained had their heads shaved.
 Although the UWSA, in the statement announcing its action, used the Chinese term jidujiao, a word that applies to Protestants and evangelical Christians, and not tianzhujiao, used for Catholics, the latter were targeted as well. The hilly Wa area falls under the Diocese of Lashio, suffragan of Mandalay, and has no Catholic churches. However, at Mong Mau, some Salesian nuns teach and serve as healthcare providers to locals. Last Monday, Wa officials shut down the mission and expelled them. The Catholic presence in the Wa area is quite recent but very important, said Mariano Soe Naing, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) and head of the latter’s Office for Social Communication (CBCM-OCS).
 "In 1991, Wa tribal leaders asked the bishop of Lashio for help from the Catholic Church to develop the territory,” said the clergyman. “The following year we opened schools and clinics with the permission of local authorities. Since then we have been involved with children teaching them to read, write and master the Wa language, the Burmese language and English.”
 "Starting in Mong Mau, we built schools in three other locations along the border with China. This is not proselytising. We did all this for the good of tribal people even if there are no Catholics in the areas." "The Sisters were interrogated by the authorities for the first time on 9 September at their building. Once it was determined that the women religious were working only in the field of education, the officials let them go; in fact, they complimented their work,” Fr Naing said. All this happened when the first arrests among the Baptists were being carried out.
 On 16 September, local officials detained five young Catholics from other parts of the country who were helping the Sisters in the mission. "The young people were taken to the police station,” Fr Naing added. “The agents treated them well, did not harm them and after a few hours released them. On the 23rd, together with their personal belongings, they again took them to the barracks, where they spent the night. The following day, despite the opposition of local villagers, the youth and the nuns were ordered to leave Mong Mau and return to Lashio." "The authorities know who the Catholics are and what they do. They know that we do not want to convert anyone. Their behaviour is wrong. First, they invite us and then they throw us out without any explanations,” said the CBCB spokesman. For his part, Card Bo, archbishop of Yangon and a Salesian, visited the nuns on Wednesday. He celebrated Mass with them and listened to their stories.
Source- FULL TEXT Release by Asia News IT

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. September 30, 2018 - #Eucharist - 26th Ord. Time - B - Readings + Video

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 137

Reading 1NM 11:25-29

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.
Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,
the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;
and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.

Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,
were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.
They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;
yet the spirit came to rest on them also,
and they prophesied in the camp.
So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
"Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp, "
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses' aide, said,
"Moses, my lord, stop them."
But Moses answered him,
"Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!"

Responsorial PsalmPS 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14

R. (9a) The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul;
the decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
giving wisdom to the simple.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the LORD are true,
all of them just.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Though your servant is careful of them,
very diligent in keeping them,
yet who can detect failings?
Cleanse me from my unknown faults!
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
From wanton sin especially, restrain your servant;
let it not rule over me.
Then shall I be blameless and innocent
of serious sin.
R. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

Reading 2JAS 5:1-6

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten,
your gold and silver have corroded,
and that corrosion will be a testimony against you;
it will devour your flesh like a fire.
You have stored up treasure for the last days.
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers
who harvested your fields are crying aloud;
and the cries of the harvesters
have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure;
you have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter.
You have condemned;
you have murdered the righteous one;
he offers you no resistance.

AlleluiaCF. JN 17:17B, 17A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Your word, O Lord, is truth;
consecrate us in the truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

At that time, John said to Jesus,
"Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name,
and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him.
There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ,
amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him if a great millstone
were put around his neck
and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
It is better for you to enter into life maimed
than with two hands to go into Gehenna,
into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut if off.
It is better for you to enter into life crippled
than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.
Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye
than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"